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Industry Group: It's OK for Apple's iTunes to Block Palm Pre Sync

Apple Inc. appears to have clearance from an industry group to block rival Palm Inc.'s Pre phone from connecting with iTunes software. 

Palm complained to the group in July that Apple was improperly using its USB vendor code to block competitors. But the group disagreed in a letter sent to both companies Tuesday.

The letter also warned that if Palm updates the Pre's software to include Apple's vendor code — a move Palm indicated in its complaint that it planned to make in order to restore the iTunes feature — it would violate the group's rules.

The group asked Palm to clarify its intent and respond within a week about the potential violation.

Palm spokesman Derick Mains said the company contacted the USB group because it believes consumers should be able to decide how they use media they own that is not subject to copy-protection restrictions. He said Palm is reviewing the letter and will respond if it thinks it is appropriate.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the company had no comment.

The iTunes spat is part of a larger rivalry building between Apple and Palm, whose chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, once was an executive at Apple and oversaw the iPod. The Pre includes a "multi-touch" screen like Apple's iPhone, which lets users do things like pinch the screen to zoom in and out of photos.

PreCentral reported earlier today that webOS 1.2.1 will be delayed but that the new release will fix the iTunes sync. Considering it was report that the iTunes initial sync was just shy of two and a half hours to repair, we would have to bet that we haven't heard the end of this battle.


Apple to Kill Palm Pre's iTunes Sync Wednesday?


In typical Apple camp fashion, oodles of speculation sprang forth from journalists, analysts and others immediately after the news of the event hit the Web, all with verifying levels of believability. For instance, some folks said Apple could finally be ready to release its Mac tablet, or "iPad" (not at all likely); Cupertino could be unveiling a new version of iTunes (likely); iPod touch devices could get 3.2 megapixel cameras (very likely); and Apple might finally decide to bring CEO Steve Jobs back on stage for the first time at a major event since his extended medical leave (almost guaranteed).
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Regardless of the specifics, Apple's announcements will mostly be aimed at the company's own customers--though there could be a large portion of Palm's user base also affected by the announcement. Here's why.

Back when Palm first released the much-anticipated Pre smartphone in June, it shipped with a cool feature that allowed Pre owners to utilize Apple's popular iTunes digital juke box app to sync music files from their iTunes collections to the Pre. 

But Apple didn't take to kindly to Palm's Pre syncing with iTunes. So Apple killed it. Then Palm came back and playing cat and mouse, synced to iTunes again.

Judging Apple by past experience, iTunes will probably have the media sync killed again with an announcement at the 9/9/09 meeting.

[via CIO]


Palm and Apple No Poaching Employees; Not


Palm's former CEO Ed Colligan apparently rejected an offer from Apple's Steve Jobs to not poach employees from each others respective companies.

Before Colligan stepped down as CEO in June, Jobs and Colligan had discussions in August of 2007 to not seek out hiring each other's employees. At the time, Apple introduced the iPhone just two months earlier right about when Palm hired Jon Rubenstein to develop new smart phones for Palm.

“Your proposal that we agree that neither company will hire the other’s employees, regardless of the individual’s desires, is not only wrong, it is likely illegal,” Colligan said.

Employees are entitled may seek employment where ever they chose, including at rival companies, as stated by Donald Russell, an antitrust lawyer.

“It’s a form of competition that is usually protected by antitrust laws that prohibit agreements that restrict competition,” said Russel.

[via Bloomberg]


Palm reports Apple over USB restrictions; Apple's block-out


Palm has issued a complaint against Apple with the USB Implementers Forum which states that Apple is restricting it's trade options for use against other hardware. USB Core, which is a public information site covering USB technology said Palm believes that Apple is restraining trade because it will not allow Palm Pre to access iTunes.

"This is an anti-trust case it would seem as this means Apple is ignoring the standards that were supposed to make interoperability options via USB possible, This is due to the fact that Apple is a member of the USB-IF which has three standards: the wireless USB, USB on the go, and the simple USB. This is a very unexpected move for Palm to make and without a clear precedent or similar case industry experts are not sure what direction the move will take." reports USB Core.

This is an anti-trust case it would seem as this means Apple is ignoring the standards that were supposed to make interoperability options via USB possible.


Standing in Line for an iPhone 3GS but Guy Wants a Palm Pre

Matt Dodd, 18 of the website TheiLife is waiting in line for his friend at the Apple Store in New York. When asked by a reporter if he was waiting in line for the new iPhone 3GS, the young man said he was saving up to get the Palm Pre. Classic!

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Real World Test of Palm Pre vs. iPhone 3G vs. iPhone 3GS

The start up of the Palm Pre seemed to be slow but we are unaware if this phone was the updated webOS version. The Palm Pre took over 1 1/2 minutes to start up. But when we got to web browsing, Palm blew away the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in that department. Palm Pre also beat the iPhone in photo taking and emailing. The Palm Pre bested both iPhones in the main two tests but the start up time was abysmal.


iTunes to Lock Out Palm Pre's Syncing Ability?


Looks like Apple is taking a serious look at "third" party providers syncing with iTunes. In a statement released today on Apple's website, they go on to say that they 'may' not support syncing of outside devices posing as an iPod.

Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.

Why Apple would do this and shoot themselves in the foot is beyond me. But this could be the end for Palm's Pre and any future devices when it comes to syncing with iTunes. But since CEO Jon Rubinstien, the former head of iTunes division is now running the show over at Palm, we could be in a very long wait and see policy on both sides of the digital divide.

[Via Engadget]


Jon Rubinstein replaces Ed Colligan as CEO of Palm; Apple Blood Runs the Show

Jon Rubinstein has replaced Ed Colligan as CEO of Palm. Perhaps this make up structure of the company has been in works for a while, but we believe with the investment(s) from Elevation Partners and Mr. Rubinstein's Apple heritage, they want to make sure the Linux based webOS is the core strength of the company. See press release below.


SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM - News) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Jon Rubinstein to lead the company as Chairman and CEO upon the departure of Ed Colligan, who is stepping down after sixteen years of leadership at the company. Rubinstein, who joined Palm as Executive Chairman in October 2007 to help bring innovation back to the company, assumes his role as CEO on June 12. Colligan plans to take some time off, then join Elevation Partners.

“I am very excited about taking on this expanded role at Palm,” said Rubinstein. “Ed and I have worked very hard together the past two years, and I’m grateful to him for everything he’s done to help set the company up for success. With Palm webOS we have ten-plus years of innovation ahead of us, and the Palm Pre is already one of the year’s hottest new products. Due in no small part to Ed’s courageous leadership, we’re in great shape to get Palm back to continuous growth, and we plan to keep the trajectory going upward.”

“I’m very proud of what Palm has accomplished so far,” said Colligan. “We pioneered two major product categories and I believe we are on our way to defining the standard for the mobile web. I’m extremely proud of our team, and grateful to have played a role in turning Palm around. I know that Jon, the Board and the Palm executive team will do an incredible job driving Palm to new heights.”